Programs

Our career programs and resources are big on opportunity.

We participate in a variety of programs that provide pathways to better and brighter career opportunities for participants.

Computer Literacy

These monthly classes are available at participating Job Connections on varying days and times. Classes are tailored to attendees’ skill levels.

Training Includes:

  • Creating and Using Email Addresses
  • Effective Online Job Searching
  • Online Applications
  • May Cover Basic Microsoft Office Programs Such as Word and Excel

Questions?
Please contact your local Job Connection for training information and availability.

ESL

In partnership with Greenville Literacy Association, English as Second Language (ESL) classes are held weekly at the Job Connections in Berea and Greer. Students are tested upon enrollment to determine entrance level. Levels 0-4 are completed in eight-week sessions and once students pass level four or participate for six months (24 hours), they progress to Greenville Literacy or Life Long Learning for instruction in levels 4-8.

Instruction Includes:

  • Basic Alphabet, Numbers, Clothing, Colors, Calendar and Simple Sentence Patterns.

Questions?
Call 864.351.0100 or toll-free at 877-LETSWRK (877.538.7975) or email jcupstate@goodwillsc.org.

Financial Stability Centers (United Way Centers for Working Families)

Goodwill Financial Stability Centers, located in Berea and Simpsonville, provide comprehensive services from a variety of nonprofit organizations to help people stabilize their finances.  Services provided include:

  • Employment Services, such as job leads/referrals and job training programs
  • Housing and Financial Assistance, such as Homebuyer Education/Assistance, Mediation, Individual Development Accounts (IDA - a matched savings program), and Building/Rebuilding Credit
  • Benefit Access, including screening and application assistance for SNAP, TANF, FAFSA, Medicaid, and other programs

All services are provided free of charge.  

Questions?
Email GoodwillFSC@goodwillsc.org

GoodGuides®

Goodwill® GoodGuides® is a national mentoring program that helps youth ages 12-17 achieve educational and career goals through:

  • Mentoring
     -Screened, trained volunteer mentors work with youth 1:1 or in a group setting
     -School-based and community based mentoring opportunities
  • Skills Building and Work/Career Readiness Sessions
  • Career and College Exploration Field Trips
  • Service Learning Projects

Questions?

Email goodguides@goodwillsc.org or call 864.303.3769.

Goodwill Industries reserves the right to make the final selection on all clients/students due to the limited program space.

WIA Youth Program

The WIA Youth Program provides free case management and support services for job-seeking youth (age 18-21) who live in Greenville County.  This initiative, also known as GRATIFY or Goodwill Real Achievement Training Initiative for Youth, is funded through Greenville County Workforce Development.

Training Includes:

  • Paid Educational Development/GED Prep
  • Work Readiness Training
  • Opportunity for Food Service, Retail or Certified Nurse Aide Work Experience and Manufacturing training
  • Opportunity to Earn a Nationally-recognized Certification
  • Opportunity to receive supportive services during training such as transportation and childcare reimbursement

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be Age 18-21 Years Old
  • Must be residents of Greenville County
  • Not Enrolled in School (and/or high school dropout)
  • Currently Unemployed
  • Facing challenges to employment
  • Household Income meets the Program Eligibility Requirements

To Apply:

  1. Download the application here.
  2. Complete it.
  3. Bring to a Job Connection site or scan completed application and email to greenvilleyouth@goodwillsc.org.

Questions?
Call 877- LETSWRK (877.538.7975) or e-mail greenvilleyouth@goodwillsc.org

WIA is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TTY 711

SCSEP

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides older workers access to job skills training. Participants may train up to 20 hours per week and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. Services are available in Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg, Lexington and Richland Counties.

Training Includes:

  • Assessment of Interests, Skills and Abilities
  • Assistance with Development of an Employment Plan
  • Support and Connection to Resources and Specialized Training
  • Assistance with Finding and Keeping Employment

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be Age 55 or Older
  • Meet Family Income Requirements
  • Currently Unemployed and With Poor Employment Prospects
  • Reside in County Where the Program Operates

Questions?
Email scsep@goodwillsc.org or call 864.351.0100 or toll-free at 877- LETSWRK (877.538.7975).

*Priority is given to persons over 60 years of age, Veterans, and individuals with the greatest economic need.

Ticket to Work

This employment program is for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. The Ticket Program is part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 – legislation designed to remove barriers that previously influenced people’s decisions about going to work due to concerns over losing health care coverage.

Program Goal:
Increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to attain support services, training and jobs from designated Employment Networks (ENs) which include public and private providers, employers, and other organizations.

Participant Requirements:
Adult beneficiary, ages 18 through 64, who receives cash benefits from Social Security based on disability under the Social Security Disability Insurance program and/or the Supplemental Security Income program.

Questions?

Email goodwilltraining@goodwillsc.org, call 864.351.0114 (Upstate) or 803.731.1786 (Midlands), or contact your local Goodwill Job Connection for more information. 

Employment First

The Employment First program helps people with a non-violent criminal record find employment. In addition to assistance with job search and placement, participants also receive mentoring, vocational training, and other supportive services.  

Participant Requirements:

  • Resident of, or returning to, Richland County
  • Recently released from incarceration (within the last six months) or within 90 days of release if still incarcerated
  • Non-violent conviction

Questions?
Visit a Goodwill Job Connection for more information, or call 803-448-0690.